Can a believer lose his salvation? This question has plagued Christians for centuries and even spawned two distinctly different theological camps — Calvinism and Arminianism. I’ve found that most people seem to embrace a blend of the two perspectives, whether they recognize it or not. For example, George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization, was fond of saying, “I’m a Calvinist with a mean streak of Arminianism!” Similarly, I once heard Bill Hybels, founder of Willow Creek Community Church, say he worships like a Calvinist and evangelizes like an Arminian. In other words, when he worships, he does so with the gratitude that comes from understanding that God sovereignly chose to save him. Yet, when evangelizes, he does so with the urgency that comes from understanding that a lost person is destined for hell unless he can persuade him to accept Christ.
We’ll be discussing so-called “eternal security” this week on Up For Debate. To give you some context and understanding of the two different perspectives, I’ve provided this summary below. Hope you join us for the discussion on the Moody Radio Network at 11 a.m. CDT.